Call for Abstracts
Singing for Health Research Conference
‘Insights and Innovations’

In association with The Royal College of Music, University College London, University of Limerick, York St John University and The Singing for Health Network.

Online conference – Friday 18th February 2022 9am-4pm UK time


Deadline for submission has been extended and is now 9am on Monday 10th January 2022

Early Career Researcher (ECRs), Practitioner Researchers and Postgraduate students are invited to submit an abstract to present their work at this online conference.

About the Conference

This prestigious online conference is a partnership between the Voice Study Centre, the Singing for Health Network, Royal College of Music, York St John University, University of Limerick and University College London.

This online conference aims to bring together some leaders in Singing for Health research to share their expertise and experiences in line with the theme of ‘insights and innovations’. It will be of interest to students, researchers, healthcare professionals and singing practitioners as well as those interested in Singing for Health research and practice.

This event marks a unique time when Singing for Health has become increasingly popular and more mainstream, especially in light of Covid-19.  Initiatives such as the BLF’s Singing for Lung Health programme and Sing to Beat Parkinson’s, along with the Social Prescribing movement highlight the need for research and practice in Singing for Health to be celebrated, shared and discussed.

Dr Stephen Clift (previous Director of the Sidney de Haan Centre at Canterbury Christchurch University and guest Professor at York St John University) will reflect on the developments in Singing for Health research over the past two decades since his flagship study with Grenville Hancox in 2001. Dr Dave Camlin (Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban) will be highlighting some of his innovative approaches to research as a practitioner researcher and Mette Kaasgaard (Aarhus University, Denmark) will present, for the first time, findings from her PhD research on singing for lung health versus pulmonary rehabilitation.

Researchers are invited to submit an abstract application to have an opportunity to present research alongside these esteemed speakers. We have six slots available and applications will be scored anonymously.

The conference will conclude with a lively panel discussion with the key speakers who will be joined by Dr Hilary Moss (University of Limerick). This will be chaired by Thomas Kador (Senior Lecturer in Creative Health at UCL). Panellists will be sharing their views on the opportunities and challenges faced in Singing for Health research for the future.

Please submit your abstract of no more than 2 pages of A4 (not including references) to

by 9am on Monday 10th January 2022.

Applications will be assessed anonymously by a panel.

You will be notified by 31st January if you have been selected to present.

Conference Speakers

Stephen Clift is Professor Emeritus, Canterbury Christ Church University, and former Director of the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health. He is a Professorial Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and is also Visiting Professor in the International Centre for Community Music, York St John University.  Stephen has worked in the field of health promotion and public health for over thirty years, and has made contributions to research, practice and training on HIV/AIDS prevention, sex education, international travel and health and the health promoting school in Europe. Since 2000 he has pursued research in arts and heath and particularly the potential value of group singing for health and wellbeing. Stephen was one of the founding editors of the journal Arts & Health: An international journal for research, policy and practice.  He is joint editor with Professor Paul Camic of the Oxford Textbook of Creative Arts, Health and Wellbeing.

Mette Kaasgaard is a PhD student from Denmark, affiliated with Pulmonary Research Unit Region Zealand (PLUZ), Department of Respiratory Medicine, Zealand University Hospital, Naestved and Roskilde Hospital, and with Center for Music in the Brain, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University and the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark. In her PhD project she has investigated the effects of singing training in rehabilitation for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) through an intervention-based, multicentre, randomised controlled trial (RCT) in 270 participants.

Dr. Dave Camlin is a musician based in Cumbria, UK whose practice spans performance, composition, teaching, Community Music, and research. He is Lecturer in Music Education at the Royal College of Music and Trinity-Laban Conservatoire, and was Head of Higher Education and Research at Sage Gateshead from 2010-19. His research focuses on group singing, music health and wellbeing, musician education and Community Music, as well as pioneering the use of ‘distributed ethnography’ as a method for research into cultural phenomena. He performs in various guises, and leads a number of community music choirs and projects.

Dr. Hilary Moss 

‘Hilary Moss is Senior Lecturer in Music Therapy at the World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland and previously the Director of the National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin. She completed her PhD in 2014 on aesthetic deprivation and the role of the arts for older people in hospital at Trinity College Dublin School of Medicine under the supervision of Prof Desmond O’Neill.  She is a musician and Music Therapist and has an MBA in Health Service Management. Her research interests include arts therapies; singing and health; health humanities; dementia, chronic pain and inter-disciplinary research. She has just conducted a major survey on the health benefits of singing in a health service workplace choir and was commissioned to research and develop training for dancers working in health care spaces. She is founder and chair of the Arts and Health Research Network at UL.’

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